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Top Gift Ideas for Surfer Girls and Guys

Maui Surfer Girls Holiday Gift Guide: The countdown to the holiday season has begun, which means its time to go gift shopping! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite surfers to see what’s hot this year for surfers… gifts that any surfer girl or guy will love!

Maui Surfer Girls’ Founder and Director Dustin Tester recommends putting this on your list: A new customized MSG Kazuma surfboard. “We can customize longboards, short boards, fish, fun shapes, mini-tankers along with spray painted designs, colors, or your own drawing for an extra fee! If any ladies are interested in ordering a Maui Surfer Girls Kazuma board, please email me at dustin@mauisurfergirls.com and include the details of what size, design ideas and any color you’d like. Matt Kinoshita, our shaper, can even package and mail you the board for an extra fee! Or have your Kazuma board waiting for you at next summer’s camp!”

christmas surfboard custom surfboard

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Thule Express Straps will remove the hassle of tying down your boards!

Lucy Woodward, our assistant director, loves the stretchy kind of tie-down straps.  “If your surfer doesn’t have a kind like this yet, they will change their surf tie down experience.” After spending twelve consecutive summers at Maui Surfer Girls (starting as a camper when she was 14!) Lucy has tied down her share of boards!

Kelly Potts is a professional long boarder, model, prAna ambassdor and one of our awesome instructors! “The number one water wear article I recommend are
prAna yoga pants. That’s right! Their wide variety of prints and designs are the ultimate leggings for keeping the sun off my skin, while looking super fashionable, in the water. Yoga then surf? Perfect combination, and only one pair of pants needed! Dry ’em out then wear them out for a night on the town and BAM! No packing necessary! One pair for all your travel styles.
“What sets prAna wear apart from other brands is the consideration they take in making their products from sustainable resources, in healthy, happy working environments. PrAna is a do-good company from the ground up. They have a killer selection of recycled polyester pants that make me feel good when wearing them. Plastic bottle pants! Awesome!”
As an athlete and trainer who specializes in water sports performance, Suzie Cooney spends a lot of time on the water. This Christmas, she’s going to be filling her loved ones stockings with sunscreen by RAW Elements. “It’s what I use when I surf- it doesn’t run in my eyes, doesn’t hurt the fish or reefs and it works. Its also organic and non-GMO. You can use the easy to apply ECO stick or have fun applying their lotion from a cool, reusable tin.” If you want to learn more about how to get strong for your next wave, check out Suzie’s website, SuzieTrainsMaui.com (Suzie is also the author of the newly released book “How to increase your Stand-Up Paddling Perfomance” a great gift for the SUP’er in your life!)

Raw Elements Sunscreen SUP Book Gift

 

For your significant other, here’s a wedding ring that they can wear in and out of the water, at the gym, and while participating in all their crazy adventures – QALO! Made from medical grade silicone, QALO rings provide a safe, functional alternative to the traditional metal wedding band. The founders explained their story of the birth of QALO: “After getting married we realized what a nuisance wearing our traditional wedding band was. While we love our wives, and love being married, the reality was that our ring was getting in the way (literally) of our active lifestyle. Every time we hit the gym, worked on the car, surfed, rock-climbed, you name it, our wedding band got in the way. We searched for a solution that would allow us to show our commitment of marriage, and wear a comfortable wedding band that could withstand our active lifestyle.” Big-wave surfer, bowhunter and QALO ambassador Shane Dorian shared: “Over a few years I lost, like, 10 wedding rings. So when my buddy gave me this ring I was just so pumped because it just fit my lifestyle. I never had to take it off again and I haven’t taken it off since.” Check out Shane’s video to hear more. 

QALO surf rings
The Outdoors Collection features these three colors and comes in a canvas bag stamped with compass.

Anyone looking for a little extra boost in the morning would appreciate one of the gift packs of the brand new Laird Superfoods! “Laird Hamilton‘s love for coffee was derived by the prerequisites of his dangerous sport where maintaining the highest level of focus is tantamount to surviving the ocean’s most dangerous conditions.” His new line of coffee, creamer, sweeteners, cocoa mix and more are available for individual or gift pack purchases.

laird superfood gift packs

Any surfer guy will be running out to the mailbox to check for his bi-monthly Waterman’s Pack (2017 edit: Now known as Surf Shop Box. (Now monthly), the recipient will receive a themed package curated by one of the most respected watermen or water women alive. (The first few packs have been focused for the guys, but we can’t wait to see who they pick as their first female!) Each pack includes 3-4 hand-picked items by the curator (with a retail value of $100 or more!), access to insider content and member-only deals, opportunities to win once in a lifetime experiences and more!  Sign up by December 15 to get the December pack, curated by Maui’s own Kai Lenny, which also benefits the Positive Kai Foundation. “Kai is by far one of the most skilled and versatile watermen I know”, shared Waterman’s Pack Co-Founder and renowned waterman, Mark Healey. “He spends a crazy amount of time in the water…all day, every day. When it comes to gear, he has done all the testing and has been through a ton of trial and error. He knows which products are best for our members.” 2017 Prices: Now $49/month 

watermans pack surf gift ideas

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Dustin and Sharky share the students’ stoke!

For beginner to intermediate surfers, what better gift than Surf Lessons with Maui Surfer Girls (bet you saw this one coming…) We offer private, semi-private and group surf and stand-up paddle lessons, with a max of 6 students and 4:1 student to instructor ratio, allowing for very personalized attention. Add on a surf photographer to document your lesson, or upgrade to the Honeymoon package and enjoy a private two hour surf lesson at an uncrowded surf location. You’ll be greeted by your surf instructor with a bottle of champagne (for the end of your lesson) & a surf photographer to capture your memories.

And the ultimate gift idea for the lucky ladies in your life – Surf Camp! We are entering our 16th year of offering our summer camp for girls ages 12-17, and we are excited to announce that we will have our second annual women’s camp as well! For the teens, the  camp’s focus is to teach girls how to surf through our sequential teaching program, designed to cater to the skills and needs of each camper. While surfing is our main activity, our wide variety of cultural and adventure activities help build competent, confident camper. Whether our campers can skillfully navigate on a surfboard or hiking through the West Maui Mountains, she will gain confidence in her personal strengths and abilities.“Maui Surfer Girls is simply the most impressive camp experience we have found in many years of sending our kids to highly regarded camps all over the world. I can tell you that it is rare to find a group as highly organized, spirited and as impactful as Maui Surfer Girls,” shared Ani’s Dad. Read more about the teen camp.

maui surfer girls | teen girls camp

The women’s camp is designed as a ‘return to camp’ experience for those 18 and over, but with a bit more focus on relaxation and rejuvenation. Open to beginners and up, the professional surf coaching team will help campers progress their skills in the perfect warm water waves of Maui, just minutes from the oceanfront facility. The camp is designed similar to the girls camp, but with more flexibility in the schedule. Additional activities include hiking, yoga and massage. And for campers 21 and over, beer and wine! Read more about the women’s camp.

Womens Surf Camp

 

Both the teen and women’s camp include oceanfront accommodations, professional surf coaching, a quiver of surfboards, three healthy meals a day, various activities around the island, airport transfers and a lifetime of friends and memories!

BONUS : Now that you have the perfect gift, wrap it up in eco-friendly wrapping paper by Wrappily, another woman-owned, Maui-based company (and one of our students!). They have a wide variety of holiday designs (who can resist Ugly Sweater wrapping paper?) and we are seriously crushing on their recent collaborations with designers including Kealopiko and Bunglo.

 

And for anyone that read this post all the way to the bottom… Happy Holidays!  We hope to see you out in the water with us soon!

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